Pre-Gamin': Vikings at Bears - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Vikings at Bears – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Bears

Not to be fatalistic, but something is going to go wrong for the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football.

However, it’s how Mitch Trubisky and his teammates respond that will dictate how things turn out at the end of the day.

Let’s allow ourselves to set some expectations for Trubisky’s debut.

There will be some good to come from the rookie. His mobility should open up some running lanes because linebackers will have to account for a quarterback who can make a play on the move. Further, his ability to move around should open up some different throwing windows that previously weren’t available to Mike Glennon who was limited to the pocket.

Of course, this cuts both ways. Trubisky’s athleticism should lead to some plays being made downfield, but that comes with potential turnover risk – especially against a secondary as talented and accomplished as the Vikings.

At some point, Trubisky’s inexperience will show up. He will make a questionable throw into coverage, and we will cringe. There could be a false start that comes as a result of not being familiar with his cadence or a delay of game because of some crossed up signals.

To be clear, there is a lot to be excited moving on from Glennon and heading into the Trubisky era. However, we should also note that – even if he is as good as we think he can be – it’s not always going to look like a masterpiece.

For the record, I’m thinking this is what his line will look like at the end of the game: 17/25, 221 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 92.3 rating.

Game Info

Minnesota Vikings (2-2, 3rd NFC North) at Chicago Bears (1-3, 4th NFC North) – 7:30 p.m., ESPN, WGN-TV (Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters), WBBM-AM 780, WCFS-FM 105.9 (Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, Zach Zaidman); Westwood One Radio (Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Scott Kaplan)

Odds: Vikings (-4), Over/Under 41 via Bovada.

Game Thread and Week 4 Preview

Your game thread is down in the comments, so let’s have some good, clean (safe-for-work) fun. And hopefully, we can watch the start of a winning streak.

Your Week 4 Preview lives here.


John Fox (129-115 overall, 10-26 with Bears) vs. Mike Zimmer (28-24 with Vikings)

Starting Quarterbacks

Bears: Mitch Trubisky (preseason): 364 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 67.9 completion percentage, 106.2 rating


Vikings: Sam Bradford (Week 1): 346 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 84.4 completion percentage, 143.0 rating

Bears Inactives

  • CB Marcus Cooper
  • QB Mark Sanchez
  • RB Taquan Mizzell
  • LB Nick Kwiatkoski
  • C Hroniss Grasu
  • DL John Jenkins
  • LB Willie Young

Bears Expected Offensive Starters

  • QB Mitch Trubisky
  • RB Jordan Howard
  • FB Michael Burton
  • WR Kendall Wright
  • WR Markus Wheaton
  • TE Dion Sims
  • LT Charles Leno Jr.
  • LG Josh Sitton
  • C Cody Whitehair
  • RG Kyle Long
  • RT Bobby Massie

Bears Expected Defensive Starters

  • DE Akiem Hicks
  • NT Eddie Goldman
  • DE Mitch Unrein
  • OLB Pernell McPhee
  • ILB Christian Jones
  • ILB John Timu
  • OLB Leonard Floyd
  • CB Kyle Fuller
  • CB Prince Amukamara
  • FS Eddie Jackson
  • SS Adrian Amos

Bears Specialists

  • Connor Barth (kicker), Pat O’Donnell (punter, holder), Andrew DePaola (long snapper), Deonte Thompson (kick returner), Tarik Cohen (punt returner)

Vikings Offense Expected Starters:

  • QB Sam Bradford
  • RB Latavius Murray
  • FB C.J. Ham
  • WR Stefon Diggs
  • WR Adam Thielen
  • TE Kyle Rudolph
  • LT Riley Reiff
  • LG Nick Easton
  • C Pat Elflein
  • RG Joe Berger
  • RT Mike Remmers

Vikings Defense Expected Starters:

  • DE Danielle Hunter
  • NT Linval Joseph
  • DT Tom Johnson
  • DE Everson Griffen
  • OLB Ben Gedeon
  • MLB Eric Kendricks
  • OLB Anthony Barr
  • CB Trae Waynes
  • CB Xavier Rhodes
  • FS Harrison Smith
  • SS Andrew Sendejo

Vikings Specialists:

  • Kai Forbath (kicker), Ryan Quigley (punter), Kevin McDermott (long snapper), Jerick McKinnon (kick returns), Marcus Sherels (punt returns)

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.